Posts tagged with: how-to
  • by | March 27, 2014 8:00 AM

    HTC BlinkFeed. From vocal revulsion to grudging acceptance to quiet praise, the community’s feelings about HTC’s custom news and social stream have come quite a ways in the year since it was introduced. Now, after a full point upgrade and many enhancements, BlinkFeed on Sense 6 stands ready to help you waste some time – and we're here to show you how to help it help you. If you’re new to an HTC smartphone and apathetic to the tech scene, your first question will probably be: what is BlinkFeed? The easiest answer is that it's analogous the Facebook News Feed or the familiar ...

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  • by | March 18, 2014 7:18 AM

    The original Nexus 7 was quite a piece of work when it was originally released back in 2012. Pocketnow's own Brandon Miniman even rated the device an 8.7 out of 10 in his review. Not bad for a tablet that cost less than US$200. What starts to happen almost immediately after we get our fancy new devices? They start to slow down. At least that's what it feels like, right?  Usually this perception is caused by installing a whole bunch of apps that take up more space in the system's RAM, apps getting bigger and slower, and updates to the operating system taking up more space. All of these are ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 7:28 AM

    Since the relatively early days of Android, Google has let us use our voice to do somewhat common tasks like sending text messages or emails. I could say "Send a text message to Bendito Papendorf: hey, I love the new book!". But who is Bendito Papendorf, and why can't I say "Send a text message to Mom"? Before we dig into this new feature, be advised that it's relatively new and might be rolling out in stages. If you haven't gotten it yet, be patient. Next, there's been a work around to this in the past. If you create an entry in your contacts with the name of "Mom", you've probably been ...

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  • by | February 18, 2014 7:18 AM

    Ever since the advent of the modern personal computer, the promise of a "paperless" office has been omnipresent. To-date, that promise hasn't been fully realized. Even with tablets, which are excellent reading devices, there are still times when we need to get the information from our screens and put it on to paper. Until recently, that hasn't been very easy. Let's go hands-on with printing support, one of the lesser known features that comes built-in to Android 4.4 KitKat. Android Printer Support What we're showing you here should work on any device running Android 4.4 and up. In this ...

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  • by | February 7, 2014 4:20 PM

    The Galaxy Gear is a really interesting and fun wearable, but it only works with a select few devices. Only a couple of Samsung phones and phablets are currently supported, but what if you've got another phone? In general, you're out of luck, but thanks to some tinkering by some pretty talented folks, if you've got a Nexus 5 and a bit of patience, you might just able to use your Galaxy Gear with the Nexus 5. This work-around (dare we call it a "hack"?) has been around for a few weeks, but we couldn't get it working. We weren't alone. Now, however, two of the files needed have been ...

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  • by | February 4, 2014 2:17 PM

    You're out on the town, you're having fun, and your smartphone is the furthest thing from your mind -- until you get home and check your pockets, and it isn't there. It's happened to the best of us, even some important people at Apple have left their super-secret prototype phones in bars. Though your device may be lost, there is something you can do to make sure your private information isn't compromised. Here's how you can use encryption to make your Android a little bit more secure just in case it gets lost somewhere along the way. Android Encryption We do a lot on our smartphones and ...

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  • by | January 23, 2014 6:15 PM

    The Moto X may be a spectacular little handset. Most of us here at Pocketnow have been smitten with the smartphone since we first laid eyes on it and Moto Maker back in 2013. And several of us now use the Moto X as our full-time daily drivers. Regardless of how much love the Moto X has received from press and most of those who have used it, Motorola's modest flagship hasn't managed to turn the heads of too many developers, even with a dedicated developer edition. The Moto X development forums are barren, at least by comparison to devices like the HTC One and Galaxy S 4. That said, it ...

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  • by | January 20, 2014 7:25 AM

    I've been a T-Mobile customer for well over a decade. Since I picked up my T-Mobile G1 (way back in the day) I've been a happy user of both the carrier and Android as a platform. As time progressed I loved the ability to tether other devices to my smartphone and use some of my 5GB of data on a tablet or laptop. I was never a heavy user of tethered data, and only used it when WiFi wasn't an option. Then T-Mobile tried to tell everyone that "tethered data" was somehow different from "device data" and phones bearing the T-Mobile brand forced users to purchase a separate tethering plan. ...

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  • by | December 27, 2013 6:40 PM

    The LTE version of the 2013 Nexus 7 should work on AT&T, T-Mobile, and even Verizon LTE. That last one isn't as easy as you might think that it should be. Why? Verizon hasn't added the IMEI numbers from the Nexus 7 to their "approved" list. There is a work-around, and it's relatively simple -- but it does require either a helpful store manager, or a little bit of social engineering. Hit play, and watch as I go on-location and under-cover to tell you how to get your Nexus 7 to work on Verizon LTE. The only thing keeping the Nexus 7 from working with Verizon's LTE is the lack of its IMEI ...

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  • by | December 26, 2013 7:07 PM

    Easily, one of the coolest features brought along with KitKat – or Android 4.4 – on the Nexus 5 is the Phone application. In retrospect, it's something which should have existed since mobile phones married mobile broadband connections. Nearby businesses are discoverable straight from the dialer. Open the Phone application and tap the search bar at the top of the display. Speak or type any general or specific term, such as "coffee." The three nearest results will appear in the Nearby Places section. Tap the thumbnail to open the details, or simply tap the name to call the business. ...

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  • by | December 3, 2013 3:15 PM

    Every time a new version of Android comes out it's only natural that people will want to run it on their Android-powered device -- even if it's not a Nexus. Nexus devices usually get the latest version of Android faster than their OEM counterparts, but there are still some things that you can do to get a KitKat experience on your non-KitKat device today! First of all you'll need a smartphone or tablet running Android 4.0 or higher. The phone I'll show you in the video isn't exactly "old" (it's a Sprint HTC One Max), but the same process should work for you, as long as you're running 4.0+. ...

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  • by | November 5, 2013 7:07 AM

    Android 4.4 KitKat is literally days old, so how can you get it on your Android-powered smartphone or tablets? Luckily, Google released the code into the Android Open Source Project (AOSP) and developers have been working non-stop to bring the latest goodness to otherwise unsupported devices. Are you feeling a little daring and want to give KitKat a try on your device? If so, here's what you'll need to do: 0. Assume the risk Doing this sort of thing could render your device useless -- or awesome -- but don't continue unless you're willing to assume the risk. 1. Prerequisites Next, you'll ...

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  • by | September 18, 2013 7:01 PM

    At long last, Apple released iOS 7 to the masses today, bringing all newer iOS devices up to speed with the latest features. Visually, the software is quite different than before. Though, fundamentally, it's the exact same software as iOS has always been. We've shown you what's new in this version of software with a tour of last week's GM release. The task switcher looks and operates differently, Control Center is a settings toggle panel that can be access from within virtually any application, and home screen folders no longer have a 16 app limit. The changes, although minute, are quite ...

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  • by | September 3, 2013 12:09 PM

    How many times do you turn your smartphone on each day? Wouldn't it be nice if you could simply swipe your finger across the screen to wake it up? I'm not talking about "swipe to unlock", this is "swipe to wake" -- or "sweep to wake". I've heard it both ways. The concept is simple: you pick up your phone and swipe your finger across the screen. As if by magic the screen turns on and you're either looking at your lock-screen or your homescreen -- however you've got your phone configured. The "swipe" takes the place of finding and pressing your power button. If all this sounds somewhat ...

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  • by | August 19, 2013 7:29 AM

    Our mobile devices are becoming more and more important in our everyday lives. We use them to store everything from our credentials for social media to our calendars and email. Some of us even use them as our everyday wallet. With all this personal information, and access to almost every intimate detail of our lives, we should all be taking special care with our smartphones and tablets. Above all, you should lock your Android. Locking can be something as easy as sliding your finger across the screen. No, that doesn't secure your device from unauthorized access, but it does reduce the ...

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